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Arriving/New International Student Orientation

Welcome to Western Illinois University! The Center for Global Studies is planning for the Spring 2023 semester orientation. New international student orientation will be held in a hybrid format with a virtual self-guided presentation from January 1 - 12, followed by an in-person check-in on January 12, 2023 (please scroll down for more info). All new international students who arrive on campus will be charged a non-refundable $75 orientation fee. The first day of classes is Tuesday, January 17, 2023. More information will be available later in the year. View the Academic Calendar for details on campus openings.

Arriving at Macomb:

  • Free airport and train pick-ups will be available. We DO NOT pick up from Chicago airports. We only do pick-ups from the Quad Cities Airport and Macomb Amtrack Station.


Spring 2023 Self-Guided Presentations
  • The presentation will be open and must be completed by January 11.
  • You MUST check in with International Admission in the Grand Ballroom (in the University Union) on January 12 from 9 AM - 12 PM or 1 PM - 4:30 PM.

The office is now located at Memorial Hall offices 346 - 353

Shopping and Banking Trips
  • We will have scheduled shopping and banking trips throughout the settling process. Continually check your WIU email for updates.

orientation group

Important Phone Numbers

We highly suggest putting these numbers in your phone. 

  • Office of Public Safety (University Police & Parking) -  (OPS) Mowbray Hall - 309-298-1949 (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long)
  • For emergencies Dial 9-1-1 
    • Macomb Police Department (120 S. McArthur) - 309-833-4505
    • Beu Health Center - 309-298-1888
    • Billing and Receivables (Sherman Hall 106) - 309-298-1831
    • Campus Recreation Center - 309-298-2797
    • School of Graduate Studies (admissions documents) - 309-298-1806
    • Immigration (Sherman Hall 116, Dana Sistko) - 309-298-1806
    • Registrar (Sherman Hall 110) - 309-298-1891
    • Taxi - 309-837-9087 or 309-318-9815
    • University Counseling Center (Memorial Hall 102) - 309-298-2453
    • University Housing and Dining (UHDS - Seal Hall) - 309-298-2461
    • University Union - 309-298-1986
    • uTech (computer problems - Stipes 126) - 309-298-2704

For questions or concerns, please get in touch with us at:

Center for Global Studies
Memorial Hall 346-353
(309) 298-1920

Stay Informed!

Check Your WIU Email Daily:

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Connect With Other International Students:

The international student google group includes all international students on campus, staff, mentors, and former students. All international students are automatically added to the google group when they begin their studies. We send out necessary info through that group and we encourage you to check your email daily